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McClean is man of the moment for Wigan

WIGAN boss Uwe Rosler has been singing the praises of Ireland international James McClean after the Derry man contributed two goals in a vital win for the promotion-chasing side.

McClean scored twice in Saturday's 3-1 win away to Ipswich, a victory which boosted Wigan's play-off chances, and while the former Derry City man has had to be patient this season after he was demoted to the bench for a spell, Rosler is delighted with his form.

"I think it was a good time for James McClean to score those goals because he's in a very good place. We've spoken a lot about our wide players getting more goals because the way we play, we can't always rely on our centre forwards," says Rosler.

"James' movement was very good for the first goal, but Marc-Antoine Fortune also deserves a lot of praise for both of the assists.

"Overall, I'm very happy with the combination between Marco and James, but I'm also very happy with the high standards of all of my players," added Rosler, who also had words of praise for former Ireland U21 cap Rob Kiernan after coming on as a second-half sub.

"I've always believed he can play a part for us as a centre- half or as a deep midfielder. He showed his quality on Saturday and the game was made for him because there were a lot of long balls and he stood his ground very well," he added.